Johan Lidberg

  • I am Senior Lecturer in journalism in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, MFJ, at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. I teach Journalism Law and Ethics at undergraduate and post graduate levels and supervise honours and PhD students. My main research areas are Freedom of Information, access to information and media accountability and journalism ethics.

    I will also supervise post graduate students in the following areas:

    • Information access and WikiLeaks
    • Freedom of speech and public interest issues
    • Business and financial reporting
    • Political reporting
    • Reporting climate change
    • Reporting war and conflict

    This blog describes my research and will also contain opinion and comment pieces related to my areas of interest. In the publications menu you will find some of my journal articles in full text version and links to those available on-line.

    My email is: johan.lidberg@monash.edu

Latest News & Opinion

  • My latest article in Journalism Studies with colleagues Sophie Knowles and Gail Phillips. Abstract: During the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008, the financial press attracted criticism for its coverage: specifically that it did not provide any forewarnings to the general public; that it lacked sufficient scepticism when reporting on financial and economic trends; and that reporters ... Read more
  • My latest article on FOI reform in Australia ‘Next generation Freedom of Information – from ‘pull’ to ‘push': a comparative study’ published by the Australian Journalism Review, Vol 37, no.1, July, 2015. Read more
  • The ABC’s Media Report covered a recent study with colleagues Sophie Knowles and Gail Phillips on reporting the boom and bust cycles of the 1990s recession, the dot com bust in 2000 and the Global Financial Crisis in 2007. The article will be published in the next issue of Journalism Studies. My interview with Media ... Read more
  • The stand off between Julian Assange and the Swedish prosecutor has entered its fifth year. In my latest essay on this topic, three independent legal experts assess the core claims on each side. The essay is published in New Matilda. Read more
  • The disclosure of the full business case for the East West road link in Melbourne confirmed what many had suspected – the project is a dud. The release also unequivocally shows that the Victorian Freedom of Information (FOI) system failed on its most basic task – that is, to facilitate the disclosure of information that ... Read more
  • Lo and behold! The Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill was yesterday defeated in the Australian Senate. This means the OAIC will NOT be shut at the end of the year. It could, however, be a hollow victory. The funding of the office will probably be gutted (if the Hockey budget ever passes…) and ... Read more
  • The senate legal and constitutional affairs committee is currently considering the Abbot government Bill suggesting the closing of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner from January 1, 2015. You can read my full submission here. This is my cover letter. Re: Inquiry into the Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014 I write this in response ... Read more
  • The list of publications in the research tab on this site is incomplete. For the full list, please follow this link. Read more
  • The Conversation published my analysis of access to information and the federal budget. Read more
  • In 2014 I’ll retain research focus on my two main areas: information access and media accountability. Close to half of Australia’s Freedom of Information (FOI) laws are now amended and updated (FOI 2.0). Preliminary findings from a study comparing Victoria’s 1982 law (FOI 1.0) with the federal amended law show that the users found it quicker ... Read more